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UC Davis honored for agricultural leadership in Afghanistan

The Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project, coordinated by UC Davis since 2011 to help rebuild Afghanistan’s agricultural industry, has been selected to receive a 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award in the global food security category, the highest award given by USDA. The award recognizes exceptional leadership contributions or public service in support of USDA’s […]

November 13, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Climate-smart agriculture requires global research agenda, study shows

Faced with climate change and diminishing opportunities to expand productive agricultural acreage, the world needs to invest in a global research agenda addressing farm and food systems, landscape and regional issues, and institutional and policy matters, if it is to meet the growing worldwide demand for food, fiber and fuel, suggests an international team of […]

September 05, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD, Mexico researchers find genetic diversity of maize is declining

The genetic diversity of maize, or corn, is declining in Mexico, where the world’s largest food crop originated, researchers in Mexico and at UC Davis report. The findings are particularly sobering at a time when agriculturists around the world are looking to the gene pools of staple foods like corn to dramatically increase food production […]

September 04, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Researchers find prions can trigger ‘stuck’ wine fermentations

A chronic problem in winemaking is “stuck fermentation,” when yeast that should be busily converting grape sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide prematurely shuts down, leaving the remaining sugar to instead be consumed by bacteria that can spoil the wine. A team of researchers including UC Davis yeast geneticist Linda Bisson has discovered a biochemical […]

September 04, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD: Gene mutation for dog heart disease ID’d

Newfoundlands — those massive, furry, black dogs — have captured many a heart with their hallmark size, sweet nature and loyalty. Unfortunately, these gentle giants’ own hearts are all too often afflicted with a potentially lethal congenital disease called subvalvular aortic stenosis, which also affects children and other dog breeds, including the golden retriever. A […]

August 07, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UC Davis, China sign global food-safety agreement

Officials from China’s Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Shaanxi province and from UC Davis signed a memorandum of agreement Wednesday that lays the groundwork for establishing the Sino-U.S. Joint Research Center for Food Safety in China. The signing ceremony was held in the city of Yingchuan, China, during a meeting between high-level officials of the U.S. […]

July 24, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD dairy training aims to boost Rwandans’ health

In Rwanda, the expression “have milk” — “gira amata” — is not part of a milk-mustachioed marketing campaign. It’s a wish for prosperity.

And prosperity is what a team of UC Davis scientists hopes to help the small African nation achieve, by improving the health and increasing the productivity of its dairy cows.

Dairying is a centuries-old enterprise in Rwanda, but production levels are quite low, and the milk is often contaminated with bacteria that pose health risks for cows and people.

Gene discovery may halt pepper disease

For more than a century, the global hot pepper industry has been dealing with a problem. A funguslike pathogen, known as Phytophthora capsici, has spread a root rot disease that severely diminishes crop yields. Despite highly adaptive management practices and the availability of wild pepper varieties that have evolved resistance, the pathogen continues to thrive. […]

May 23, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Hess to receive UC Davis Medal

Charles E. Hess, longtime dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2014 UC Davis Medal. The award, presented by Chancellor Linda Katehi, is the premier accolade that the campus bestows upon an individual. It recognizes the very highest levels of distinction, personal achievement and contributions to […]

May 28, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD nutrition plan a success with overweight kids

The percentage of overweight or obese children in test schools dropped from 56 percent to 38 percent over the course of a single school year, thanks to a new nutrition program developed and tested in the classroom by UC Davis nutrition researchers. The new program fits into the new Common Core educational standards. “The education […]

May 06, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD-led team conquers pine genome

The massive genome sequence of the loblolly pine — the most commercially important tree species in the United States and the source of most American paper products — has been completed by a nationwide research team, led by a UC Davis scientist. The draft genome — approximately seven times bigger than the human genome — […]

March 26, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Plants, bacteria wage immunity war

Long before nations devised complex military strategies, plants had their own built-in systems for thwarting potential attacks by disease-causing microbes. Two new players in this mutual seek-and-destroy struggle between the plant and microbial worlds have been identified by an international team of researchers, including a UC Davis plant scientist. The journal Science published the finds […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD keeps top worldwide ranking in ag teaching, research

For the second consecutive year, UC Davis ranks No. 1 in the world for teaching and research in the area of agriculture and forestry, according to rankings released Wednesday by QS World University Rankings. The organization — which provides annual rankings in 29 other subject areas — also ranked UCD among the top 15 in […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD to lead $4 M chickpea research project

A new research effort, designed to improve the productivity of chickpea varieties by harnessing the genetic diversity of wild species, was launched this week in Ethiopia through the federal Feed the Future Initiative and under the leadership of UC Davis. Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The new, […]

March 02, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

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